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Is this cloaking?
Is this considered cloaking?
obsos




msg:678915
 12:01 am on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

We produce a website that contains a large events calendar. Our site search engine unfortunately does not recognise databases and therefore is unable to index our events (another issue we are working on). However, in the meantime, we (one of our developers) has come up with a solution (we hope) in that we produce a page (spider.php) which pulls in all the events id's (each one hyperlinked back to the individual event's URL)

eg

65612 67169 67915 67001 68441 67011 67570 66428

The page is just filled with these numbers hyperlinked.

As the customers won't see this spider page but the SE's will, is this considered cloaking? We are certainly not trying to deceive anyone, let alone the SE's. We just want the events indexed.

Thanks for your opinions.

Cheers
Robyn

 

WebGuerrilla




msg:678916
 12:30 am on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)


It is cloaking, but it isn't something that will cause you trouble. Making non-spiderable content avaialble to spiders is just smart SEO.

obsos




msg:678917
 12:53 am on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

If it is considered cloaking .... won't this get us banned by Google? Or do they look at each case individually to see what it is you're tying to achieve?

volatilegx




msg:678918
 1:07 pm on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

I seriously doubt Google would ban for this, even if they ever discovered it.

Trunkmonkey




msg:678919
 10:01 pm on Nov 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Nope, you're totally good. You're doing exactly what the vBulletin forum software does to make its dynamic forum content search engine friendly. For an example, see: <snip>

/Sean/

[edited by: volatilegx at 4:40 am (utc) on Nov. 4, 2004]
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